Okay, silly, the obvious answer is in the woods, we know! But there are more and more locally-operated Christmas tree farms that are helping New Brunswick families create lovely traditions and memories together, so we thought we’d start a little directory of Christmas Tree U-Picks for you to easily find them.
There’s something nostalgic about heading into the woods to tag your tree, even if you’ve never done it before! Many tree farms are also now hosting mini holiday photo shoots and creating wonderful backdrops for you to take your own photos. So, turn on some Christmas tunes, grab your best holiday hat, and head out with the family on a fantastic adventure this winter.
Please note: This is not a sponsored post; all information was collected via the websites and Facebook pages of the tree farms listed. We’ll happily add any NB farms that are missing; just drop a note in the comments! Also, please know that we haven’t personally visited these farms; if you have and would like to share some love and personal experience about that spot in the comments, feel free to share.
Perry’s Tree Farm
Located roughly an hour from Moncton, half an hour from Sussex, and an hour and a half from Fredericton, Perry’s Tree Farm is an annual pilgrimage for many New Brunswick families. Enjoy a wagon ride around the tree lot, complete with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes (certain dates only; see below). Perry’s is your ‘one stop chop’ for all your Christmas tree needs!
- You cut or they cut
- Where: 59 Perry Settlement Road
Wagon rides & treats available:
Nov 30 & Dec 1, 10am-4pm
Dec 7 & 8, 10am-4pm
Dec 14 & 15, 10am-4pm
Memramcook Christmas Tree U-Pick Arbres de Noël
There’s a lovely stand of trees in Memramcook, carefully tended to and ready for a new home. Be sure to consider Memramcook Valley Tree Farm Christmas UPICK Arbres de la Vallee for your tree needs this year!
- Cut your own, Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-4:30pm
- Where: 493 Memramcook East Road
Yuletide Christmas Tree Farm
Yuletide is likely the best-known Christmas Tree U-Pick in the Moncton area. In addition to choosing your family tree, you can also visit with the farm’s alpacas, enjoy wagon rides, treats, and more.
- $45/tree (for trees up to 8ft); cash only
- Open seven days a week, 9am-5pm
- Where: 1970 Route 112 Upper Coverdale Road
Hillside Christmas Tree Farm
Just 10 minutes from Magnetic Hill Zoo, the Hillside Christmas Tree Farm is a great spot for a family outing. Enjoy children’s activities and a petting zoo along with your visit!
- Open seven days a week, 11am – 6pm
- Prices vary; pre-cut and u-cut available
- Where: 3528 Route 126 Lutes Mountain
Lo-Hi Christmas Tree Farm
Head to Hoyt (between Oromocto and Saint John) for a visit to the Lo-Hi Christmas Tree Farm.
- Hours vary; check their Facebook page for updates
- Prices vary; several products available
- Where: 6513 Route 101, Hoyt NB
Red-Robin Christmas Trees & Maple Syrup
A large, lovely operation in Keswick Ridge, Red-Robin Christmas Trees & Maple Syrup is open daily until the holidays.
- Open seven days a week
- Tagging materials & saws available on site; tree baling offered
- Enjoy fresh homemade cookies and hot chocolate on the weekends
- Where: 383 Route 616 [Keswick Ridge Road] Keswick, NB
Chase’s Christmas Tree Farm
Chase’s Christmas Tree Farm has been helping Fredericton area families find their special tree for more than 50 years.
- Generally open most days; check their Facebook page for updates
- It’s a popular spot for photographers to do mini-sessions; plan ahead to combine family photos with tagging your tree!
- Where: 416 River Street, Fredericton
Balsam Ridge Christmas Tree Farm
Another Fredericton-area option is Balsam Ridge Christmas Tree Farm in Burtts Corner, which offers wreaths for sale as well. Trees are hand-trimmed and the owners share that no insecticides are used.
- Tagging is generally available as of Thanksgiving weekend
- Where: 479 Route 617 [Burtts Corner] Fredericton
Crawford Family Christmas Tree Farms
The Crawford family grows several types of trees in Royalton, about half-an-hour north of Woodstock.
- Open daily, but call to confirm
- Where: 300 Royalton Rd, Royalton
Jardin du Père Noël
If you’re looking for a full Santa experience, filled with magic, displays, and even a visit from the jolly old man himself, take a visit to Jardin du Père Noël in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent! There is a trail filled with lights, decorations, and more, open nightly.
Some general tips for heading to a Christmas Tree U-Pick in New Brunswick
- Most of these tree farms are cash only, though a few will have other payment methods available. Check before you go!
- Many u-picks are seasonal and do not offer amenities such as washrooms.
- Most farms open in late November.
- In general, a fresh-cut tree will hold its needles for three to four weeks, so if you cut your own near the end of November or early December, you should be in fine shape for Christmas! (A good tree stand should hold several litres of water; you’ll want to check the water level each day.)
- Remember to give a fresh cut tree a good shake before taking it home; you don’t want to bring along any extra visitors.
- Plan ahead for bringing that tree home; have something to protect your vehicle from needle scratches (blankets, tarps, and large pieces of cardboard can work well) and something to secure the tree (rope, bungee cords, etc.).
- Don’t forget to measure your space! Know what size tree you want; most homes generally can handle a seven- to eight-foot tall tree. A six-foot-tall person should be able to reach the top of an eight-foot tree.
- When you cut the tree, do it low to the ground and with a lightweight saw. You shouldn’t push the tree once it starts to lean; that can damage the tree. Just keep cutting and have someone support the tree while you finish.
- And finally – Dress for the occasion! You may be down on the ground, in snow or mud or just cold, cutting that tree, so be sure to be ready for that. Everyone should have hats and mitts and good boots, too – and fun holiday shirts are always a great idea!
We also know there are lots of wonderful tree lots around the province, many that support local non-profits, so if getting out into the woods isn’t a possibility this year, consider purchasing a real tree that doubles as a fundraiser – some sites will even deliver!
Happy Holidays, everyone!